29 defendants sentenced to 3 years in jail for assaulting security forces

CAIRO: Qasr el-Nil Misdemeanor Court sentenced 29 defendants to three years in jail on charges of assaulting security forces while dispersing a sit-in last year, according to Youm7.

The prosecution charged the defendants with disrupting traffic, cutting off roads, assaulting security personnel, disturbing public order and endangering the lives of citizens.

In the early morning of March 3, 2013, violent clashes erupted when plain clothed security forces began to disperse a sit-in staged by opponents of former President Mohamed Morsi.

Seventy-three protestors were arrested, reportedly in possession of firearms, shotguns, teargas canisters, ammunition, knives, and Molotov cocktails, Central Cairo Attorney General Hamdy Mansour told Al-Ahram newspaper.

After the dispersal of the sit-in and reopening Tahrir Square for traffic, the remaining protesters once again closed off side roads leading to Tahrir and set fire in tyres.

In 22 Nov. 2013, former President Mohamed Morsi issued a controversial constitutional declaration that reportedly granted his decision powers above the judicial supervision.

The declaration was followed by several attempts of activists to stage a sit-in at Tahrir Square, the icon of the Egyptian revolutions.

Security forces also have attacked the sit-ins several times trying to re-open Tahrir Square to traffic.

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